Green tea drinking advantages

The key to a longer and healthier life is just brewing in your cup! Yes indeed, just daily consumption of green tea can keep you in top form. Green tea helps you to increase alertness and stave off diseases immensely. In fact, a large amount of people prefer green tea these days as it is packed with so many health benefits. Green tea has been used as a medicine in China for at least four thousand years. Presently, it is consumed almost world wide as it saves you from a number of ailments.

The advantages of drinking green tea are plenty. This wonder drink helps to increase your metabolism and aids in shooting energy levels to a great extent. It also fights the aging process, promotes healthy skin and prevents wrinkles. It blocks fat absorption and boosts the immune system immensely. It enhances focus and mental function enormously.

The several health benefits of green tea are, in fact, overwhelming!

Reduces stress 

Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea which reduces mental and physical stress and promotes feelings of relaxation. Green tea helps in easing depression and also aids to lift up your spirits. It is a natural way to make positive changes to both body and mind. So next time when you are tired and stressed, do not forget to try nature’s green miracle.

Protest against cancer and heart diseases 

A few cups of green tea each day improves the health of the delicate cells lining the blood vessels and aids in lowering one’s risk of heart diseases. It is stated that green tea has anti-cancer properties too. The EGCG present in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells and also aids in killing the cancer cells without harming the healthy tissues.

Weight loss 

Green tea effectively aids in burning fat and boosts metabolism. You can easily shed that weight which you have been carrying around for ages, by drinking two to three cups of green tea on regular basis. The Caffeine in the green tea increases the body’s basal metabolic rate. And this increase helps the body to burn more calories during your day to day activities. Weight loss can be really an easy task if combined with right diet, exercise and green tea.

Lowers blood pressure 

Green tea lowers blood pressure by causing blood vessels to relax. Just add green tea to your daily regime. It will reduce your high blood pressure and will help you to lose weight. At the same time it will save you from other diseases related to obesity.

Protects against diabetes 

Green tea catechins reduce the amount of glucose that passes through the intestine and into the bloodstream. This benefits diabetics by preventing blood-sugar spikes. It is recommended to drink green tea with meals especially for those suffering from sugar problems.

Reduces cholesterol

It is effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. It mainly helps to lower serum cholesterol levels. Regular consumption greatly helps to keep the cholesterol’s level low.

Protects liver and kidneys 

Green tea is very effective in preventing the onset of liver diseases, and in preventing toxicity from substances such as alcohol, from damaging the liver. It protects liver cells by triggering the immune system to ward off the effects of alcohol and chemicals in cigarette smoke.

Fights tooth decay 

Green tea inhibits bacteria that cause cavities in teeth. And the fluoride present in tea helps to protect against cavities and tooth decay. From now on, use this miracle drink to avoid tooth problems.

To enjoy the greatest health benefits of green tea, I would suggest brewing the leaves in their natural, original form rather than using tea bags. I would also like to quote the Chinese proverb which states “Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.”

By now you are familiar with the amazing health benefits of green tea. So if you want to stay young and healthy you know what to do right. Go grab you cup of green tea and enjoy!

What is chai

Chai is the sweet, milky tea that everyone in India drinks cup after cup at any given time of the day. Chai is the Hindi word for tea, and in India often means just tea served with milk and sugar. However, and especially among tourists to India, the word chai is also used to mean masala chai or spiced tea.

Masala chai, then, can be flavoured with fragrant spices such as ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper or even star anise. Chai recipes vary by region, but also by household. Every housewife will have their own chai recipe, and their own favourite method for making chai.

India’s favourite drink

Chai is a big part of daily life in India. Morning starts with chai, and the day finishes with it. Chai is served after meals, and cup after cup of it are drunk at chai stands. This is where people meet over a steaming hot glass or steel cup of their favourite drink. Somehow, that hot steel cup or glass never seems to burn the fingers of the chai loving locals, and it is only tourists who complain.

Every visitor to India remembers that strong, sweet chai at Indian railway platforms, and one of the best parts of a train journey through India is the chai from the chai wallah in the train. (Chai wallah is the man who walks along the carriage from 5 am until late at night shouting “chai chai chai” as he goes.)

Unfortunately, train chai is not what it used to be. It is too often served in plastic cups, and one usually gets just a teabag with some lukewarm milky water. Instead of the slowly brewed, sweet and warm drink that used to be served in clay cups. Which were biodegradable and could be handily thrown out of the window afterwards.

Chai has become incredibly popular in coffee shops in the West, and it even comes in the form of tea bags in supermarkets. However, as chai really just means “tea”, those asking for “chai tea” in the local coffee shop are actually just asking for “tea tea”. “Chai tea latte”, then, is an interesting mix of Hindi, English and Italian words and translates simply as “tea tea milk”.

And in India, chai is rarely, if ever, decaf!

The art of making chai

Everyone has a recipe for their favourite chai, but most recipes involve loose black tea, water, milk, sugar and spices. Fresh ginger, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, black pepper, star anise, etc.

Everyone also has their favourite chai making techniques. The simplest way is to boil a mixture of milk, water, loose tea leaves, sugar and spices together. Some like to boil the water first before adding tea leaves and spices and then milk and sugar. Others like to mix everything together before bringing the whole lot to boil. The website offers a few different recipes.

At its best, chai is a comforting, warming drink that also serves a good caffeine kick. Chai spices such as ginger, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon are also said to aid digestion.

History of tea in India

Tea is indigenous to the Assam region in India, but the first commercially produced teas were grown from seeds that were brought to India from China.

It is sometimes suggested that tea has been used medicinally in the traditional Indian medical system of Ayurveda. Many of the spices used masala chai are also used in the Ayurvedic healing system. However, commercial production of tea in India did not begin until the British East India Company started tea cultivation in the Assam region in the northeast of India.

The British East India Company had been importing tea to Britain mainly from China, but in 1834 its monopoly on trade with China ended. That is when it started serious tea cultivation in Assam. When the British government took over direct control of India from the East India Company, it too wanted to promote the tea industry. Tea cultivation increased and spread to other regions of India. By the 1840’s, regular shipments of tea from India were sent to auctions in London, and by 1888 Britain was importing more tea from India than from China.

Today India is one of the main tea growers in the world and, according to the UK Tea council, exports more than 12% of the world’s tea. Much of India’s tea is drunk at home, too – or at the local chai stand.

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Diabetes, my name is Soda.

The second day I was in the hospital a registered dietitian came around and gave me a few ‘rules of thumb’ for eating. I’d just been diagnosed as diabetic that morning. The hospital staff thought I might need to know how to eat. The first thing the dietitian told me was a shocker:

“You can no longer drink diet drinks. You must drink full flavor, full sugar sodas from now on.”

What? I’d been drinking diet sodas for the last ten years. What on earth made her think I’d drink anything but? Everything else out of her mouth sounded sane, just not this bit. I wish… I wish I had asked her why.

In the weeks that followed I began searching the ‘net for information to back up her statement. It seems Diabetics really should keep a soda with them, a full sugar soda, to counteract super lows caused by too much insulin. (Recent articles indicate fruit juice may be better for you and work faster than soda.) But other than that there is little to support the dietitian’s statement.

Both soda and diet soda make free use of MSG. MSG is considered a ‘natural flavoring’ as it magnifies the flavor of foods it is paired with. Makes the spices more intense and sugars taste sweeter. It’s also highly addictive and can cause major headaches and flu like symptoms. And both are chock full of citric acid, another flavorant and preservative. Citric acid is just that: an acid. Dental studies have shown that citric acid eats away the enamel of your teeth and, further down, the lining of your stomach.

Perhaps the main reason diabetes – heck anyone! – shouldn’t drink diet soda was posed as a theory from a health conscious friend: People tend to drink more diet soda than regular soda, possibly because their bodies are expecting the calories, maybe even depending on the calories to be there.

I did try, for a while, to switch away from diet sodas. I had plenty of people swear up and down that I’d loose weight, that regular soda tastes better, that the heartburn I was experiencing would go away. I gained fifteen pounds in two weeks, the heartburn got worse, and the flavor? Just too sweet.